3 OUR MISSION DalekoArts (pronounced DELL- uh-koh) works with professional artists to create ensemble-based live performance centered in and around New Prague, Minnesota. We are committed to being a positive force for high-quality theatrical performance and arts education. We train and work under a great and spirited legacy; the rich artistic heritage of the Midwest. OUR VISION DalekoArts will be a known destination for quality performing arts and education in New Prague and the surrounding southern metropolitan communities. OUR STORY DalekoArts was founded in 2012 by theatre artists Ben Thietje and Amanda White as a way to help decentralize professional theatre in Minnesota. New Prague was chosen as the company’s home due to the community’s extraordinary interest in the rare, the regional growth and development it has experience in the last decade, its relative proximity to the Twin Cities and its close ties to the founders. “Daleko” – a Czech word meaning “far away” – reflects New Prague’s strong bohemian roots, its spatial relationship to the cultural hub that is the Twin Cities, and the ensemble’s desire to step back and examine the world from a new point of view.